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The Alarming Findings of a New Study on Transgender Teens and Suicide


A new study highlights the danger of society’s rushing to affirm adolescents and teens who identify as transgender. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Sipa USA/Newscom)

The study, “Transgender Adolescent Suicide Behavior,” was published in Pediatrics, the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It raises serious questions about how families, schools, doctors, government, and the media should grapple with the increasing number of children and teens who self-identify as transgender.

In addition to the alarmingly high rate of suicide attempts among transgender boys, the study reported an attempted-suicide rate of over 40 percent for adolescents who identify as gender nonconforming (neither exclusively male or female) and nearly 30 percent for transgender girls (children and teens who were born male but identify as female).

Researchers said they did not find any evidence that transgender youth of color were at a higher risk compared with white transgender adolescents. Higher levels of education among parents and geographical location—urban or rural—did not have a significant effect on suicide attempts.

To arrive at the results, three researchers from the University of Arizona analyzed a survey filled out by more than 120,000 young Americans between the ages of 11 and 19.

By comparison, they found that 14 percent of all teenagers had attempted suicide at least once.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults ages 10 to 34 in the U.S.

The study’s leading author, Russell B. Toomey, focuses his work on youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or what they call queer—meaning that any attempts to discredit the research as “anti-LGBTQ” will likely fall flat.

Toomey describes his research in his bio:

Largely, my research has examined these relationships with explicit attention to the minority-specific stressors of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination that contribute to the disparate rates of negative outcomes experienced by sexual and gender diverse adolescents and Latinx youth, and the protective factors (e.g., family support, acceptance) that buffer these associations.

Latinx” is a gender-neutral term that some use instead of Latino or Latina.

The new study comes on the heels of another alarming and controversial one examining the contagious nature of transgender ideology.

That study, published Tuesday in the journal PLOS One by Brown University’s Lisa Littman, looked at “rapid-onset gender dysphoria”—that is, gender dysphoria not present in early youth but that manifested within days or weeks in teens and young adults. Littman found that exposure to peers who identified as transgender and transgender-positive content online may contribute to development of this rapid-onset gender dysphoria.

Within days, Brown University pulled down an article promoting Littman’s study. The university said it removed the article in order to conduct an academic review, but it’s clear the decision had more to do with political correctness and uncomfortable results.

Unlike “Transgender Adolescent Suicide Behavior,” Littman’s study wasn’t peer-reviewed. Littman herself concluded that her study “raises questions for more research.”

“One of the main conclusions is that more research needs to be done,” she said.

The study by Toomey and fellow University of Arizona researchers Amy K. Syvertsen and Maura Shramko provides further evidence that research institutions should encourage more studies in this area—not shut them down. At this point, we don’t just know that lives are at stake—we know how many lives are at stake.

And those numbers deserve repeating:

One in two biological girls who identify as boys tried to kill themselves in the past year.

Two in five gender-nonconforming adolescents tried to kill themselves.

And three in 10 biological boys who identify as girls tried to kill themselves.

In discussing these results, Toomey described an “urgent need to understand why transgender, female to male, and nonbinary adolescents report engaging in suicide behavior at higher levels than other adolescent transgender populations.”

He’s right. But that’s just the first of many questions this study begs to be answered.

There’s no excuse. You can’t be an ally of the transgender movement and reject this research. You can challenge it. You can debate it. You can encourage more of it. But you can’t suppress it. Doing so is harmful to the cause you claim to defend.

Every day, more and more children and teens are identifying as transgender. That’s a fact that The Atlantic captured well:

In June 2016, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimated that 1.4 million adults in the U.S. identify as transgender, a near-doubling of an estimate from about a decade earlier. As of 2017, according to the institute, about 150,000 teenagers ages 13 to 17 identified as trans. The number of young people seeking clinical services appears to be growing as well. A major clinic in the United Kingdom saw a more than 300 percent increase in new referrals over the past three years.

With more teens identifying as transgender, and attempted-suicide rates for this group between 30 and 51 percent, this has become a national epidemic. The time for political correctness has passed.

Families, schools, doctors, government, and the media have an obligation to figure out how to differentiate between celebrating differences and encouraging dangerous behavior. Because if being transgender poses such a grave risk to adolescent lives, it’s hard to understand why any sane society would embrace the trend.

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Inmate Admits Sex Assaults at Women’s Prison… ‘She’ Used to Be Named Steve


Reported By Malachi Bailey | September 12, 2018 at

3:50pm

An inmate in a British female prison sexually assaulted multiple fellow inmates, and it turns out the predator is actually a man, formerly known as Steve, who “identifies” as a lesbian woman.

These days, according to The Telegraph, the 52-year-old is officially known as Karen White, but was born with the name Stephen Wood. At the time of the assaults, White was undergoing sex reassignment, but had not had surgery, The Telegraph reported.

White didn’t hesitate to prey on the female inmates. Within weeks of arriving in prison, he began making lewd comments toward another inmate before he forced himself on her, according to the Telegraph.

That was not White’s only victim. He was accused of four sexual assaults in total between September and November last year, according to The Guardian. He confessed to at least two of the attacks.

He was finally moved to an all-male prison, according to PJ Media.

It’s good that he won’t be able to assault any more women in his new prison, but he should have been in the all-male prison to begin with.

The female prison where White committed his assaults did not only have female prisoners. It also had children. The prison contains a mother-and-baby unit that can accommodate up to 10 infants aged under 2, according to The Times.

This fact becomes even more shocking considering White’s past convictions. White is a convicted pedophile who was previously jailed in 2001 for an attack on a child, according to PJ Media.

Putting a convicted male pedophile into an all-female prison with infants and toddlers is not just a simple mistake. This is an example of negligence in the name of being “progressive.”

Social media users were disgusted at the news.

RELATED: Report: Nearly All Sex Assaults Reported at Sports Centers Were in Unisex Facilities

The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice claimed that it made a mistake by not looking at the predator’s history when he was transferred to the female prison, but said the offender’s history is typically taken into account. Considering the number of transgender sexual predators in prison in the U.K., it’s a mistake could easily happen again. A government survey found that there were 125 total transgender inmates in England and Wales, and 60 of them were serving time for a sexual offence, according to BBC News.

It is likely that there are even more because the list doesn’t include those who already have a gender recognition certificate.

As long as men are moved into female prisons, it is inevitable that human error will allow another case like this one to fall through the cracks.

In the United States, President Donald Trump’s administration has taken steps to avoid something similar here by sensibly relying on an inmate’s biological sex to determine what facility the inmate will be house in, according to a report in The New York Times in May. (Naturally, The Times didn’t like that one bit. The headline was “Federal Prisons Roll Back Rules Protecting Transgender People.”)

But U.K. prison officials are finding out what the Trump administration already knows — and liberals and The New York Times will never accept.

Men shouldn’t be put into women’s prisons at all.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Summary: Malachi Bailey is a writer from the Midwest with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.

Judge Erases Right to Privacy, Rules Schoolgirls Must Share Bathroom with Males


Reported By Bryan Chai | August 7, 2018 at 2:32pm

An Oregon judge has ruled that “transgender girls,” or biological boys who dress like girls, can continue to use girls restrooms and locker rooms in the state’s public schools, according to LifeSiteNews.

Perhaps most alarming are the comments that U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez made — and their potential implications.

“High school students do not have a fundamental privacy right to not share school restrooms, lockers, and showers with transgender students whose biological sex is different than theirs,”Hernandez wrote.

Human beings, whether or not they’re public high school students, “do not have a fundamental privacy right”? What?

Perhaps public or political figures need some aspects of their lives open to public inspection, since character matters in those situations. But the lives of children, and what goes in on a bathroom, are inherently private.

Conservative children’s advocates were outraged by the decision.

“(This ruling) reveals everything people need to know to understand the utter corruption of our court system,” Julie Quist, board chairwoman of the Child Protection League, told LifeSiteNews.

Quist slammed the political nature of the debate and how children were being used as pawns to further liberal agendas.

“Decency and respect for our children…are being cast aside for the political advantage of a militant political force that is systematically violating the innocence, dignity and freedom of our children and all of us,”she said.

Quist also urged parents to take a proactive approach.

“This ruling, and others like it, is a hostile takeover,”Quist added. “CPL urges parents to immediately begin to take steps to remove their children from any public schools where this policy is being enforced, and to take seriously a new burden of their responsibility of citizenship to throw out all incumbent elected officials everywhere who will not fight for them. If we love our children, it’s that important.”

The lawsuit originated in Dallas, Oregon, when a “trangender boy”(that is, a girl who wanted to dress like a boy) didn’t want to change in a gender-neutral bathroom, but rather in the boys locker room.

That started a policy that allowed students to choose whatever bathroom or locker room suited their individual sex, but, according to The Associated Press, parents were upset that that caused “embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety, intimidation, fear, apprehension, and stress produced by using the restroom with students of the opposite sex.”

The issue over bathroom usage echoes the ongoing debate over transgender roles in sports.

Yes, trangenders are human beings — even if some experts in the field considers their condition a sign of mental illness. In America, that means they should are afforded a certain level of decency and basic human rights.

But at what cost?

I can commiserate with a confused and scared high schooler, as most people can. But should a certain group of people be afforded rights at the expense of others?

According to Judge Hernandez, apparently so.

And that’s not going to sit well with lots of Americans.

 

Texas Parents: School District Hiding Transsexual Curriculum from Parents


disclaimerReported By Grace Carr | May 20, 2018 at 2:10pm

The group started an online petition, “Tell Fort Worth ISD To Stop Hiding Transgender Curriculum From Parents,” on Thursday. It already has over 250 signatures.

“Children are being taught — at age 12 under the guise of abstinence — about same-sex attraction, gender identity and gender expression,” said Zeb Pent, a spokesman for Stand for Fort Worth.

Forth Worth 2016 guidelines allow students identifying as transgender to use whatever restroom corresponds with their gender identity. Sex-ed programs in other states have also been causing chaos. A California school district told parents in February they can’t opt their kids out of a new sex education course covering abortion, homosexuality and transgender issues.

Delaware is considering adopting a policy allowing young students to choose whatever name, gender or race they want under a veil of school protection mandating the parents not be informed of these decisions unless the student explicitly wishes the parent be included.

A similar set of guidelines from Chicago Public Schools instructs staff to not tell parents about their child’s gender transition without the child’s permission.

Policy guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Education also instructs school personnel to speak with students first before discussing their gender nonconformity or transgender status with the student’s parent or guardian.

A version of this article appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website.

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He Became A She And Now She Regrets It – As In … Majorly Regrets It


Published by ClashDaily.com | on April 16, 2018

URL of the original posting site: https://clashdaily.com/2018/04/became-now-regrets-majorly-regrets/

That just doesn’t fit the narrative, does it? This man wants his voice to be heard. Let’s listen to what he has to say.

This veteran has some things to say about the ‘Transgender Military Ban’ and he’s speaking from experience.

Jamie Shupe lived for four years as a woman and received treatment through the VA. He says that the new Pentagon report is right in their position with transgender troops. Shupe explains the goal of treatment for individuals that identify as transgender individuals, and the problems with the treatments themselves, especially when initiating hormones as adults.

The best cosmetic results are when puberty blockers are given to pre-pubescent children but then those can cause a whole host of problems — some known, like an increased risk of cancer, and some unknown. Including not having ‘enough material’ to *cough* work with.

If the goal of treating gender dysphoria is to make the patients appear as much like the opposite sex as possible in order to alleviate gender dysphoria that allegedly results from the mismatch between their birth sex and the gender they identify as, the U.S. military faces significant and costly hurdles in attempting to perform sex changes on adults who enlisted as their birth sex.

It’s shocking that the important question of whether hormones or surgeries actually cure or even alleviate gender dysphoria wasn’t addressed in depth by the first and frequently hyped RAND study performed at the Obama administration’s behest as it considered its transgender soldier policies.

“In the absence of quality randomized trial evidence,” RAND concluded, “it is difficult to fully assess the outcomes of treatment for [gender dysphoria]postsurgical transsexuals are a risk group that need long-term psychiatric and somatic follow-up. Even though surgery and hormonal therapy alleviates gender dysphoria, it is apparently not sufficient to remedy the high rates of morbidity and mortality found among transsexual persons.” 

A recent Pentagon report on the trial therapies of hormones and surgery failed to convince Defense Secretary James Mattis that these treatments ‘cure’ gender dysphoria. That’s no surprise since that is the conclusion of some of the participants that went through the treatment.

Shupe writes of his own experience and his decision to not go through the full gender transition.

Unlike many journalists who blindly speak or write about gender dysphoria and transgender military service, I am both an Army veteran and a patient who has received these experimental medical treatments.

I was smart enough to forego any transgender surgical procedures, because I was also unconvinced of the science behind mainstream gender dysphoria treatments. My decision to not get genital surgery was because I discovered the high complication rates of these procedures. It was also based on the published experiences of other transsexuals. Even according to the RAND study, 6 to 20 percent of those receiving vaginoplasty experience complications, meaning that “between three and 11 Service members per year would experience a long-term disability from gender Reassignment surgery.”

His results with hormone therapy were less than stellar.

Like the transgender adults now serving on active duty, because my hormone treatments for gender dysphoria began after puberty, my results were abysmal. I needed extensive hair removal on my face and body, breast augmentation, and facial feminization surgery to even remotely begin to look like a stereotypical female. I also suffered numerous mental and physical health complications from taking the prescribed hormone treatments.

Cross-sex hormones failed to cure or even alleviate my gender dysphoria. The only thing that did was to stop believing that I was a female. The APA claims gender dysphoria is a treatable condition with social transitions and hormonal and surgical treatments. My experience as a transsexual patient proves otherwise. Four years of Defense Department-funded hormone treatments produced nothing more than a very small amount of breast growth.

Other than that, just like many other male to female transsexuals, I look nearly exactly the same now as when I began taking hormones. So much for APA’s claimed efficacy. As a middle-aged late transitioning trans-woman, after four years on hormones, without enhancements in my chest, I basically look like an overweight middle-aged man. 

Shupe said that the hormone treatment didn’t help his feelings of gender dysphoria.

Not only were my hormonal treatments a horrific failure, the whole transition process actually caused my gender dysphoria to worsen. Therapy didn’t help resolve that.

Proceeding with ‘medically shoehorning’  individuals with gender dysphoria into the opposite gender.

As noted by the Pentagon’s panel of experts, transgender people have a 41 percent attempted or completed suicide rate. The panel also noted rampant suicidal ideation by those afflicted with gender dysphoria. As the patient and recipient of these unscientifically proven treatments, and as a guinea pig for the toxic ideology that one can change his or her sex, I’ve come to believe the whole transition process is tragically and fatally flawed. The proof is in the suicide statistics and the rampant suicidal ideation.

Shupe points out some flaws in the Pentagon report.

The Pentagon’s panel of experts missed a study pointing out only 21 percent of transgender people ever actually achieve an appearance that convinces others the person is really a member of the opposite sex. The military operates on the premise that standards should be measurable and achievable. Turning males and females into the opposite sex is not an achievable standard, but the poor results are measurable.

However, he then agrees with the assessment.

As evidenced in the new Pentagon study, the U.S. military is correct to ban those with gender dysphoria from serving. The military is also correct in refusing to participate in gender transitions, regardless of how many lawsuits that requires fighting. My failed sex change is proof of that.

The biological bell of puberty cannot be unrung for these service members. Arguably, the fight to change anyone’s biological sex cannot be won either, no matter how much money is thrown away in trying to do so, or regardless of how much political blood is spilled fighting over it.

Source: The Federalist

Do you think that the Media (D) will give equal coverage to Jamie Shupe’s position on transgender troops in the military? Or would they just call him ‘intolerant’ and ‘transphobic’?

Student Booted From Christianity Class For Telling Professor There Are Only Two Genders


Reported By Amanda Prestigiacomo |  @amandapresto |

URL Of the original posting site: https://www.dailywire.com/news/28155/student-booted-christianity-class-telling-amanda-prestigiacomo

A sign for a bathroom door with a figure that is half-female and half-male. The sign reads
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In the current year, it’s apparently permissible to ban a student from a class on Christianity for expressing inconvenient truths to a feminist professor.

Lake Ingle, a religious studies major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was kicked out of Professor Alison Downie’s Christianity class on February 28 for telling her that “biologists don’t agree that there’s more than two genders” and that the supposedly sexism-caused 23-cent “gender wage gap” is a myth.

According to a report from Fox News, Ingle was “silenced and punished” by Professor Downie after the senior pushed back on arguments made in a 15-min TED Talk she showed to the class. The TED Talk speaker was a transgender ex-pastor named Paula Stone Williams who discussed “the ‘reality’ of ‘mansplaining,’ ‘sexism from men,’ and ‘male privilege.'”

Downie first asked only the women in the class to share their thoughts on the subject matter. When no women spoke up, Ingle says he challenged the notion that there are more than two genders and explained that even The New York Times has debunked the myth stating the “gender wage gap” is caused by sexism. This did not sit well with the feminist professor. She booted Ingle from her class for his Wrong Think and “referred him to the public university’s Academic Integrity Board (AIB),” reports Fox.

The class Ingle has been barred from is one he needs to pass by the end of the semester if he wishes to graduate in May.

“You are barred from attending this class in accordance with the Classroom Disruption policy,” said a letter dated March 2 from IUP Provost Timothy Moerland to Ingle.

The senior views the silencing as a violation of his First Amendment rights.

“My professor is violating my First Amendment rights because of the fact that my views and ideology is different from hers,” he told Fox. “So she took it on herself to silence and embarrass me – bully me – for speaking up in class.”

The self-styled conservative libertarian continued, “It is my firmest belief that every human being has the freedom and right to identify, dress, and represent oneself as they see fit. I think this is all an attempt to silence my views personally because they contradict the ones she pushes in class so evidently.”

According to Fox, the professor has accused Ingle of the following: “disrespectful objection,” “refusal to stop talking out of turn,” “angry outbursts in response to being required to listen to a trans speaker discuss the reality of white male privilege and sexism,” and “disrespectful references to the validity of trans identity and experience.”

The IUP student claims Downie has exhibited “overall abuse” in the classroom, “indoctrinating” students and refusing to hear, let alone teach, dissenting views.

“You can’t say that anecdotal evidence is fact,” Ingle objected. “My professor pretty much just tried to shut me up because she was just letting women speak. I brought up the fact that biologists don’t agree that there’s more than two genders and I said the wage gap she’s referring to – 77 cents on the dollar – that even The New York Times debunked that.”

An AIB hearing over the matter was held on Friday; the ruling is expected for March 19. Ingle will not be able to graduate in May if the board sides with Downie.

Ingle told Fox he plans on becoming a professor one day, one who does not abuse his “intellectual power.”

“When you see that kind of misuse of intellectual power, you want to be the person that comes back and does it responsibly and with morals,” said Ingle. “Instead of being the purveyor of your ideology, you can be an educator.”

South Dakota Just Slammed the Hammer Down on LGBT Agenda with New Legislation


Authored By Kimberly Smith | February 15, 2018 at 3:37pm

URL of the original posting site: https://conservativetribune.com/south-dakota-hammer-lgbt/

In a blow to the progressive movement determined to indoctrinate our youth, South Dakota could become the first state to ban public schools from teaching about gender identity.

The legislation, sponsored by Republican Sen. Phil Jensen, would apply to students in kindergarten through the seventh grade, The Associated Press reported. If Senate Bill 160 passes, South Dakota would be the first state to prohibit gender identity from being taught in its public school classrooms.

South Dakota Education Department spokeswoman Mary Stadick Smith said in an email that she was not aware of gender identity currently being taught about in South Dakota schools. Jensen said his constituents were concerned it might become an issue in the future, and are worried about teachers giving children instruction about issues that are not age-appropriate while students in the state are failing to master the basics.

According to the senator, state test scores in math and English are falling, and he thinks those subjects are what’s actually important and appropriate for schools to be teaching.

“I think we need to be focusing on reading, writing and arithmetic,” Jensen said.

Common sense says Jensen is absolutely correct. Teachers are supposed to teach children what they need to learn to be functioning members of society, not indoctrinate them with left-wing doctrine.

Jensen also helped pen House Bill 1296, which is a proposal that would reportedly “require each public school district to write and make available its policy regarding transgender students’ access to restrooms and locker rooms,” the Argus Leader reported.

Moreover, Jensen also introduced Senate Bill 202, which would require those who have a public “multi-person or unisex restroom” to hang signs informing others that someone of the opposite sex could use the restroom, the Leader reported.

“Wouldn’t you want to know if there’s someone of the opposite sex in the bathroom before you use a multiuse facility?” Jensen told reporters. “To me, it’s a common-sense bill.”

Sadly, common sense is one thing severely lacking in progressive leftists, who have completely embraced the gender identity movement with open arms, while subsequently shoving it down the throats of children.

The left will denounce the legislation, calling it a step backward. Nevertheless, public schools are in no way meant to be brain-washing chambers.

Despite how logical this seems, the bill could face an uphill battle. Even if it were to pass the Senate, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, would need to sign it. Daugaard vetoed a bill in 2016 that would have required transgender students to use the restroom that correlated with their biological sexes.

“I don’t know that our standards of education are properly the subject of legislative enactments,” he explained, according to the Leader.

The Leader reported that the legislation had not yet been scheduled for committee hearings.

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